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“Love it more than I hate the parking hassles”

Rancho San Antonio County Park
Ranked #1 of 23 things to do in Cupertino
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Park featuring 23 miles of running trails.
Bay Area, CA
Level 5 Contributor
39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Love it more than I hate the parking hassles”
Reviewed September 26, 2012

Having logged well over 1000 miles of hiking here over the last number of years, it's hard to fault a place that offers so many trails and combination of trail loops, views, wildlife, a chance to get away from the TV with the family, and of course, fresh air. We had our kids walking here when they were only 2, and they're all avid hikers now.

There's a great online trail map that can help you calculate any and every trail and trail combination too...http://www.stevenscreek.com/goodies/rancho.html

That said: parking is worse than awful, and it's only been getting worse each year too. I've seen fights (no joke) between people over a spot, and personally have had to wait over 20 minutes for a place to park at the wrong time of day (mornings/evenings and pretty much anytime on the weekends). So... carpool, or be prepared to add a mile to your walk and park at the corner of Foothill Expy in front of the church that's there.

Visited September 2012
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Sunnyvale, California, United States
Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
52 attraction reviews
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“Hiking for All Ages and All Levels of Fitness”
Reviewed August 27, 2012

I come here most weekdays to enjoy the beauty, wildlife and recharge. On weekends parking can be a problem and the paths are full of groups of people. The view of Silicon Valley on a clear day is a treat for out of town guests when you hike Wild Cat loop. Plenty of lizzards on a warm day, along with quail, wild turkeys, deer, rabbits an occasional snake in summer. Deer Hollow farm is a treat for young and old alike. Meet Apple Blossom and Olive, the giant sows. There's Luna the cow and chickens galore, sheep and goats plus the Phoebe Garden.

Visited August 2012
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Mtn View, CA
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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“Open spaces right next to home”
Reviewed August 14, 2012

Natural open space 5 minutes from home in the south bay. Nice for walking, biking, and jogging. Its very likely to see deer there...

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Saratoga, CA
Level 6 Contributor
217 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Something for everyone”
Reviewed August 11, 2012

Remove your self from the hustle and bustle of silicon valley without spending 5 hours traveling. This is a great little park offering a small working and petting farm for kids ( yes you have to walk in- give the kids some exercise), many hiking trails ( which for me is its main draw), a large open area for flying model airplanes ( no more kites alas) and lots of cool shade on hot days.

Visited June 2012
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San Jose, California
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great hikes, lousy parking”
Reviewed July 30, 2012

Love the variety of hikes around the Rancho. Seriously dislike the parking situation. It has two big parking lots but both get filled very fast on weekends. Friend of mine got a ticket there for parking along the curb... The park itself is great - it also has a small farm - with animals kids can pet and vegetable garden to admire. Parts of the path are shaded, but still plan on plenty of water and sun screen.

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